I grew up in the same ward with Mary Butler. When it came time to start going to early morning seminary, our moms use to carpool together, so I was able to get to know her better. Then, sometime in our later teenage years, she and her family moved to Southern California. Mary and I corresponded through the mail for years and years.
So where am I going with this?
On Sept. 8th, Mary's 20 month old niece, Callie, was run over in her parents' driveway by a close family friend driving an SUV. Callie is the 13th and youngest child of Mary's brother Jeff and his wife Dana. She still has not woken up completely but they expect her to.
"Callie-fornia" as her sister Ashley calls her.
Every night for the past couple weeks, after I go to bed, when all is quiet, I think of little Callie and what her family must be going through. I think how fragile life is and how quickly it all can change. I think how my Mom use to say often, "What a difference a day can make."
I know this family feels very blessed that Callie is still alive and that she is ever so slowly progressing. They continue to hope and pray for a miracle.
Callie's grandmother was quoted in their Arizona newspaper:
"We are thrilled with the prayers and all the help. A lot of people have been so supportive and we wanted to say that we are so grateful for all the prayers that have been offered on her behalf, and our friend. I can't even imagine being in his place,"
The friend, whom she requested not be identified, is "devastated."
"My daughter and son-in-law don't blame him at all. It was a tragic accident," she said."
They are being protective of the friend who accidentally ran over Callie.
To me, this says volumes about this family.
We will continue to pray for Callie and her family.
If you would like to keep on her progress go here.
For you who remember the Butlers, here is a picture taken about a year ago when Jeff and Dana's oldest son got married. This shows all 13 of their children.
(Callie's siblings, in the order of birth: Justin, Ashley, Jamison, Micah, Amber, Marcus, Elise, Burke, Emma, Haley, Hayden, and Brinley)